In Review: Interior Industry & Design Events October 2018 26th September 2018 | IN DESIGN EVENTS | BY SBID

The month of design is coming to an end and we’re sure you’re now brimming with new, fresh inspirations for the coming year. But the industry is not done yet as October has plenty more in store from trade shows and seminars to networking events, Design Awards and much more. We’re back with our overview of the must-attend design events and exciting industry news for the month ahead!

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Want a taste of the VIP treatment with complimentary breakfast before the big day ahead? Or do you just want to skip all those long, laborious queues and bag yourself front row seats? Find out more about this exclusive offer for VIP passes to the Surface & Materials Show below.

Vectorworks Design Day

2nd October

Vectorworks Annual Design Day – London, UK 

Taking place at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London from 9:30am – 5:00pm, this event is designed to showcase how Vectorworks software helps to streamline workflow. Discover how Vectorworks can offer design practices a real alternative for 2D/3D/BIM workflows, with key personnel from Vectorworks on hand to demonstrate the latest tools. In addition, there will be breakout sessions aimed at individual industries such as Interiors, Architecture and Landscape, which ensures that content is totally relevant and rewarding for all attendees.

Click here to register for the event!


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3rd October

Places and Spaces for Project Based and Enquiry Learning – Newcastle, UK

There are many challenges for schools and teachers in implementing pedagogical change and curriculum innovation through enquiry, pbl and community curriculum initiatives. This event taking place from 4.30 – 6.30pm at the Herschel Learning Lab, Newcastle University, will consider the implications for the physical learning environment, from possibilities for school design through to classroom arrangement and organisation. We will investigate how educators can use their space to facilitate and support these approaches to learning. Drawing on the expertise of teachers, school leaders, architects, designers and researchers the following questions will be addressed:

  • How can school design help, rather than hinder, cross curricular working?
  • What can outdoor space add?
  • How can teachers arrange their classrooms to support project based learning?
  • How can existing school space be adapted for project and enquiry learning?
  • Where can school and community partners come together?

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Design Central

2nd – 3rd October

Design Central – Cheshire, UK

The Largest Interiors trade event in the North of England is back for it’s third year on the 2nd – 3rd October. The event, which started with just 20 companies, has been growing year on year and now houses over 60 companies with over 110 brands. With exhibitors such as Zoffany, Romo, Designers Guild, Osborne & Little, Arte Walls, Cole & Sons, Heathfield Lighting, Jacaranda Carpets and many more, this two day trade only event is held in beautiful surroundings at Colshaw Hall, Nr Knutsford. Visit this inspirational event to view new collection launches, the latest developments in interior design, a new food court to treat yourself to scrumptious “street” food, and the fantastic Havwoods Flooring bus.

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9th – 11th October

Surface and Materials – Birmingham, UK 

Part of the Award-winning UK Construction Week, The Surface & Materials Show creates a unique platform for innovations within the surfaces and materials sector; attracting Architects, Designers, Contractors, Developers and many more. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 9th – 11th October 2018, Surface & Materials unites over 100 exhibitors with an audience of over 35,000 industry professionals as part of UK Construction Week.

SBID Members can obtain exclusive VIP passes for the show which includes complimentary breakfast, fast track entrance to the show, reserved front rows for 100+ hours of seminars, as well as complimentary refreshments in the VIP lounges!

To claim your free VIP pass, email [email protected] with the title ‘Surface & Materials VIP’ 


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16th – 18th October

Independent Hotel Show – London, UK 

The Independent Hotel Show is the premium business event for luxury and boutique hotels. Inspiring and informative, it is the UK’s only forum bringing together the luxury, boutique and independent hotel sector. A must-attend event for independent hoteliers and industry professionals, the show presents a diverse collection of the UK’s most innovative suppliers together with expert insight from their Talks Programme.


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24th October

SBID 20:20 Meet the Buyer Networking Event – London, UK 

The SBID 20:20 will bring together world class Interior Designers, Architects and Specifiers with the most creative, advanced and design-led products in the industry. The one day annual networking event provides a dynamic and lucrative business environment carefully tailored to create, encourage and facilitate synergies that build key relationships with face to face meetings. It provides a chance for suppliers and manufacturers to meet the industry’s most celebrated experts and international designers who have travelled from around the world for the announcement of the SBID International Design Awards winners.

If you’re interested in attending, email [email protected]


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26th October

SBID International Design Awards 2018 – London, UK 

The SBID International Design Awards has been firmly established as one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the interior design industry. The awards serve to recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence from a broad range of categories. The ceremony held at The Dorchester hotel in London will host a glamorous luncheon for esteemed guests who join to hear the announcement of the winners for the SBID Awards 2018. Winning an SBID International Design Award is a distinguished achievement as each category undergoes an exclusive and rigorous two-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts for both technical content and aesthetic creativity.

Book a table for this year’s SBID Awards ceremony to celebrate design excellence amongst the industry’s best interior designers from around the world.


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January Furniture Show announces Illuminate 2019

The UK’s premier and largest furniture event with 500+ exhibitors and 20,000+ visitors gives buyers a golden opportunity to select from the best, see the latest trends and meet manufacturers and suppliers face to face. The 2019 January Furniture Show (JFS) which taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 20th – 23rd January announces a new sector dedicated to lighting of every kind; LIGHT will boast prestigious UK lighting companies including Oaks Lighting, Impex Russell, Elstead, Illuminati and Searchlight, who will all exhibit at JFS for the first time. They will be joined by the ever-creative Där Lighting, who has successfully exhibited at the show for the last three years.

Perfectly complementing LIGHT, will be well-known and emerging brands showing an extensive array of furniture, beds and accessories of every kind. Halls 1 and 2 will focus on high-end design led furniture with over 100 brands in the two halls showing sumptuous sofas and chairs, smooth and streamlined living and dining furniture, and dramatic and imposing beds. Pedigree brands including A.L.F, Battistella, Ego Italiano, Gwinner, Tetrad and SITS will introduce their latest designs.

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